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Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program

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Loudoun County has earned statewide recognition for its Veterans Services Program. The program, housed in the Department of Family Services (DFS), has received the Virginia Department of Social Services 2016 Local Recognition Award for Innovation, Implementation and Impact.

The award recognizes the work of social services professionals in the Commonwealth. The award program seeks to capture best practices and guiding principles from the nominees to share with other agencies throughout the state. Veterans Services Coordinator Michael Ball and Francis Coughlin, the DFS Division Manager who oversees the program, accepted the award at the Virginia League of Social Services Executives Conference in Hampton, Virginia, earlier this month. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn

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Loudoun County is offering a training designed to empower caregivers of the elderly with information to help prevent abuse and neglect.

In recognition of Adult Abuse Awareness Month, the Division of Adult Protective Services and the Area Agency on Aging are presenting a program from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the office of the Area Agency on Aging, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170 in Ashburn. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 25 for the new Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station, to be located at the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Savin Hill Drive in the One Loudoun community.

The Ashburn Station is the final of four stations planned in Loudoun County. The station was placed within the community it serves to encourage walk-in traffic, to provide a public community room for local groups, and to develop partnerships with the residential and business community. … Continue Reading

Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy

April 1, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Marc Caminiti graduated from the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Caminiti was one of 230 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 18, 2016, from the 10-week program. This session included men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, including four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. … Continue Reading

Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats

March 22, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is currently soliciting the public’s help in finding homes for a local population of semi-wild feral cats. The ideal situations for these cats include a farm with barn, horse stable, warehouse or other suitable outdoor locations. All cats are healthy and have received veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and exam. No adoption fee will be assessed. If you currently have unspayed barn cats you can also receive assistance in having them sterilized. These cats can help keep rodents away from grain and food storage and you will enjoy watching them as well as having the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home. You are also helping to save lives. If you own or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants

February 3, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants
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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program has rental units available for qualified applicants, including several one-bedroom units, in various communities. The ADU Rental Program, administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, provides opportunities to individuals and families to rent efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units at a substantially lower rental price than the market rental rate. Fourteen apartment complexes in Loudoun participate in the program. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners

January 10, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Mails Notices to Vehicle Owners
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Residents Asked to Verify Vehicle Information Online for 2016 Tax Year

Robert S. Wertz Jr., Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, has mailed notification of 2016 personal property filing requirements to all vehicle owners currently on the county’s tax rolls. Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, campers, trailers, boats, motorhomes, aircraft, and mobile homes. This week, residents will begin receiving notices in the mail with an account number and instructions that they will use to review and update their personal property tax records for the 2016 tax year. The online process allows citizens to review and update information on the more than 350,000 vehicles now located in the county. Citizens can access their personal property information online at www.loudoun.gov/efile utilizing their tax identification number, ZIP code and unique account number contained on the notice. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

December 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
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Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will fulfill the duties of the Mayor until an interim appointment is made.

Kristen Umstattd tendered her resignation as Mayor of Leesburg, effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, Umstattd will take office as the Leesburg District Supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. … Continue Reading

Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’

December 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun MHSADS Partners with Girl Scouts and Sheriff’s Office in ‘Project Elf’
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This holiday season, the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services Prevention/ Intervention team is once again partnering with Loudoun County Girl Scouts and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to provide gifts and other resources to families throughout Loudoun County. The program, “Project Elf,” was developed seven years ago by Bethann Laign, then Service Unit Manager of Girl Scouts Unit 70-9 in Leesburg.

The Girl Scouts of Loudoun County Service Unit 70 have ”adopted” families currently receiving case management services through MHSADS Prevention/ Intervention. More than 100 troops are participating to provide holiday gifts and clothing for each family member. Each troop has either adopted one family, or in some cases, two troops have shared in the adoption of a larger family. Loudoun Girl Scouts have been busy wrapping each gift, then dropping them off at the Mental Health Center in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Ladies Host Lights of Love

November 28, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Ladies Host Lights of Love
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The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital will celebrate the gift of loved ones at the annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the atrium at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Lansdowne campus.

“We invite members of the community, hospital workers, patients, and of course, friends and family of those honored to join us,” said Carolyn Clark, chairman of the Lights of Love Program. At the ceremony the Lights of Love tree will be lighted, the names of those honored or memorialized during this year will be read, and those present will light candles as names are read. The Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir directed by William Rosenfeld will provide music. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign

November 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce their participation in the 68th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2013, Marines collected and distributed over 16.8 million toys to children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season.

From Friday, November 20 thru Tuesday, December 15, Fire and Rescue stations across the county will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys. Please note that toys resembling weapons or toys that could potentially be used as a weapon (i.e. guns, knives, swords, etc.) will not be accepted. To make a monetary donation online, visit the official website at http://www.toysfortots.org/donate.

For additional information, please contact the LCFR Toys for Tots Coordinator, Technician Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723, via e-mail at rob.boyer@loudoun.gov or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire
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The Virginia State Corporation Commission held a series of local hearings in late October for Dominion Power’s proposed Poland Road transmission line project in Loudoun County. The 230kV double-circuit transmission line is designed to serve a large new data center, and is comprised of a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way. The line would be located along Route 50 near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 606, bordering Washington Dulles International Airport.

Opponents of the proposed alignment include the Stone Springs Hospital Center and John Edgewood of Greenworks Landscaping, whose retail business would lose some of its facilities due to power line easement requirements. The project is also opposed by South Riding Proprietary president Kevin Turner, who has argued that the Route 50 corridor should be protected as a gateway to Loudoun’s wine country, and “ … is not to meant to be the New Jersey Turnpike of Loudoun County.” … Continue Reading

Soaring Ambulance Fees Hit County Residents

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
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By Patrick J. Sloyan

Once the siren rattles this village, citizens flock to the Fighting Fifth, the nickname for Hamilton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 5. An ambulance call means a team of three scrambles into the white and green van. They are as trained in life-saving skills as any big city ambulance crew. Heart attacks, choking babies, grisly highway wrecks—they have been doing without charge for 70 years.

All that changed this summer when the Fighting Fifth’s ambulance crews were forced to charge hapless patients as much as $770 to get to Loudoun hospitals. Unhappy was Jamil Scott, the Rescue Company’s ambulance chief saw the fees as a blow to Hamilton’s volunteer spirit. “Community service and dedication, “ said Scott, proudly. He is an ex-Marine and an accountant with deep misgivings with the new cash and carry policy. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

May 2016
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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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